KL Hokkien Mee - Kim Lian Kee, Chinatown KL
I've always known about this little hole in the wall in Chinatown in KL where good 福建面 Hokkien Mee/Noodles were to be found. Since the rest of the good eats in Chinatown have all become Westerner gwailo-friendly, we decided to try this place. It sure was busy enough which pointed to a good feed. ... and here comes the "but". But we were disappointed.
The 滑蛋河 Horfun in the Silky Egg Sauce was more cornstarch than egg. It came out with bubbles trapped in the goop which didn't look appetising at all! Nor was there any smoky edge to the fried hor fun. Still, we had the famous Hokkien Mee to come, right? err... more infamous as I found out later, being diss'd by several blogs. The Hokkien Mee looked ok, but was rather bland and the dark soy sauce lacked the caramel notes of a good dark soy.
Sure, both noodle dishes used 猪油 pork lard, but this lard was on the verge of being rancid rather than fragrantly musky.
金莲记 Restaurant Kim Lian Kee
49-51, Jalan Petaling, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Business hours: 5pm to 5am
This shop in Petaling Street has been run by a Lee family since the 1920s. It claims to be the first Hokkien-style fried mee in Kuala Lumpur.
It is famous not only among locals but also among tourists from Hongkong, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and China.
* Fried Hokkien mee
* Lor mee
* Bak kee soup